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in this video i'm going to share with you a drawing exercise that changed my life and maybe it'll do the same for you as well hello there everyone matt here with the virtual instructor.com and in this video
i'm going to share with you a drawing exercise that absolutely changed my life that's one of the reasons why i'm sitting here talking to you today but before we get into that i'd like to remind you if you haven't done so yet make sure you subscribe to the channel
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about 12 years old and it had such an impact on me because it was the first time i realized that drawing is actually a skill and we can learn how to draw no matter what our background is now this drawing exercise comes from the
fantastic book drawing on the right side of the brain by betty edwards and if you're interested in being a representational artist you absolutely need to take a look at this book because it's just fantastic for understanding
how drawing works according to our brains now the premise of this book is based on the hemispheres of our brain we obviously have a left hemisphere and a right hemisphere these are commonly referred to as the left side and the
right side of the brain obviously now the left side of our brain is responsible for more analytical aspects of things that we have to process like mathematics while the right side of our
brain is more responsible for creative type processes like drawing and painting now we obviously can't create a piece of artwork without using both our left brain and our right brain the problem is for some folks their left brain gets in
the way perhaps you've had someone say just draw what you see and they tell you to you in a way that seems very easy but whenever you try to draw what you see it doesn't ever turn out the way that it actually looks for example let's say
you're drawing a shoe and you're looking at a shoe to draw it and everything but the shoe that you draw looks like a shoe maybe but it doesn't look like the actual shoe that you were looking at and this is because you have
your left brain shouting at you the whole time saying draw a shoe draw a shoe so as a result from memory your analytical side of your brain puts together bits of information and draws a shoe it's just not the way
that we see a shoe in reality however if we can isolate our right brain which functions more on line shape form value color and texture then we're going to have a better chance of actually
replicating what we see in reality now if you're sharp you'll realize that those elements that i just mentioned line shape form color value texture those are the elements of art and as artists we take those elements of art
and arrange them in a drawing or painting to communicate a subject now we can communicate our subjects in a more abstract way and the result is abstract art or we can arrange these elements in a way that produces more of a
representational drawing the trick is if we're trying to create a representational drawing we need to allow our right brain to dominate a little bit more over the top of our left brain and this drawing exercise that i'm
about to share with you does just that now we'll just start here with the photo reference and this gentleman looks like a good reference we'll turn this photo reference into a line drawing and you can do this through tracing if you prefer
now i'm going to use this line drawing to create a drawing on a sheet of paper that's exactly the same size but instead of drawing it right side up i'm going to simply turn our line drawing upside down and then draw from
the upside down reference what's going to happen here is it's going to force my mind to not think about what i'm drawing but instead focus on the lines and shapes that i actually
see so you can see it takes my left brain out of the process almost completely now as you go through this exercise you'll actually start to feel your mind
shift and you'll notice that you are concentrating on the lines and shapes instead of the actual objects that you're drawing now this shift won't happen immediately but it will happen you're almost forced
into it now of course making mistakes is acceptable as you can see i'm erasing a little area in fact if you see mistakes that is actually a good sign that means you're actually understanding the spatial
relationships that are happening between the lines and the shapes that are created this ultimately leads to better representational drawing because this is how we draw representationally as
artists we have to take out the subject matter and take our left brains out of the process essentially and instead allow our right brains to take over and focus
on what we're actually seeing this is how we create illusions in drawings and paintings now you can see i'm only using lines for this drawing and you could do this with
values as well if you prefer or colors but this process using only lines is definitely sufficient for starting to train your brain to see things differently to start making your brain start to see
the world as an artist sees the world when they're trying to create a representational drawing now obviously we shouldn't draw all of our drawings upside down using references that are upside down that might seem a little bit
silly but this drawing exercise is one that you should probably revisit every once in a while and if you've never done it before you should definitely do it because again this drawing exercise is
the one that changed my life and helped me understand the way that we see the world as artists and also more importantly that drawing is a skill that anyone can learn now once your upside down drawing is
complete you can flip your drawing paper over and compare it with your reference now obviously all the lines aren't exactly the same but it's a pretty good representation of the line drawing
thanks so much for watching this video i hope you enjoyed it hope you were able to pick up a couple of things here and there remember drawing is a skill that anyone can learn and develop but for some of us that means that we need to work on training our right brain and the
exercise i just shared with you does that [Music] [Music] you
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